Gay Student Sues After Tuition Break Denied

Says His Marriage Was Not Recognized

Thursday, May 15, 2014  |  Updated 10:14 AM EDT
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Gay Student Sues After Tuition Break Denial

NBC 6 South Florida

A South Florida college student is asking an appellate court to recognize his same-sex marriage after he says he was denied in-state tuition.

Gildas Dousse filed an appeal in state court Wednesday, which alleges Florida's laws barring recognition of valid out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples are unconstitutional.

Dousset is a student at Florida Atlantic University. He and his spouse legally married in Massachusetts in 2013.

Dousset applied for in-state tuition as the spouse of a long-time Florida resident, but says he was turned down because the school refused to recognize his marriage. The National Center for Lesbian Rights is handling Dousset's case.

Doussett said in a statement, "I would like my marriage to be recognized just as other students' marriages are."

FAU officials did not immediately comment.

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